“They snatch people one by one”: REP activist arrested for 12 days

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Alexander Razumny, an activist of the REP Trade Union from Orsha, was arrested for 12 days for allegedly participating in a protest march, and is being held in the Offenders’ Isolation Centre.

On September 27, Alexander was detained in Minsk, and on September 28, he was sentenced to 12 days for taking part in the Sunday protest march.

“Alexander walked not even in the column – from the side thereof, when a car drove up. OMON (riot police) agents seized him alone; he is 50, but they didn’t even touch younger guys around. They grab people one by one and take them to court. I think that if he was inside the crowd, they wouldn’t even try to snatch him,” Alexander Bulavko, another REP activist, told the praca-by.info.

In mid-September, the joint court of Orsha and the Orsha District fined Alexander Bulavko himself by 10 basic units (BYN 270); other activists from Orsha – Alexander Shkolnikov and Bondarev – were arrested for 5 and 3 days accordingly.

Vasily Beresnyov, One of the leaders of the Orsha REP’s branch and a member of the REP’s Council, was fined by 3 basic units after the court found him guilty under Article 23.34 of the Code of Administrative Offenses (participation in an unsanctioned action).